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Codiusd (Codius Daemon) is the server-side component of Codius

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Codius is an open-source decentralized hosting platform using Interledger. It allows anyone to run software on servers all over the world and pay using any currency. Users package their software inside of containers. Multiple containers can run together inside of a pod.

Codiusd (Codius Daemon; this software) is the server-side component. You can run one or more codiusd hosts in your datacenter and Codius clients will pay you to run their software. Codiusd uses hyperd to provide hardware-level isolation between different pods.



First, you need to install hyperd. Once hyperd is installed, please make sure it is working correctly:

Command line
sudo hyperctl run -t hello-world
Expected Output
$ sudo hyperctl run -t hello-world
Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
9bb5a5d4561a: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:f5233545e43561214ca4891fd1157e1c3c563316ed8e237750d59bde73361e77
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest
sha256:f5233545e43561214ca4891fd1157e1c3c563316ed8e237750d59bde73361e77: Pulling from library/hello-world
Digest: sha256:f5233545e43561214ca4891fd1157e1c3c563316ed8e237750d59bde73361e77
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world@sha256:f5233545e43561214ca4891fd1157e1c3c563316ed8e237750d59bde73361e77
Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.
To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.
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If you don't see the "Hello from Docker!" message, please troubleshoot your hyperd installation before proceeding.

Once hyperd is installed and working, you can install Codius Host.

sudo npm install -g codiusd

Environment Variables


  • Type: Integer
  • Description: A monthly rate the host charges (in XRP) to host a program. Codiusd calculates this value down to the rate per second, as uploads are given a time in seconds to be hosted for.
  • Default: 10


  • Type: String
  • Description: The absolute path to the hyperd socket.
  • Default: /var/run/hyper.sock


  • Type: Boolean
  • Description: Noops all hyperd API calls.
  • Default: false


  • Type: Number
  • Description: The port that codiusd will listen on.
  • Default: 3000


  • Type: String
  • Description: The public URI resolving to this instance of codiusd.
  • Default:


  • Type: Number
  • Description: Amount of memory to allocate to codiusd for hosting.
  • Default: 0.75


  • Type: Boolean
  • Description: Gives info about the host such as uptime, contracts currently running, monthly fee, etc. You can view this info at the /info endpoint, e.g.
  • Default: true


  • Type: JSON Array
  • Description: List of peers whose values are the URIs that resolve to their Codius instance.
  • Default: [ ]

API Documentation

POST /pods?duration=TIME_TO_LIVE

Create a pod that runs a given Codius Manifest and purchases the amount of time that the host will run it using Interledger

Request Body:
  • Type: Object
Field Name Type Description
manifest Object An object containing a manifest for your code. The format can be found here.
private Object An object containing private variables you want to pass to the host, such as an AWS key. An example can be found as part of the manifest format here.
Return Value:
  • Type: Object
Field Name Type Description
url string A URL resolving to the ip address of the pod that was just created. It is comprised of the pod's manifest hash followed by the hostname of the codius host.
manifestHash string The hash of the manifest that was passed to the Codius host.
expiry string A timestamp of when the pod will expire.
  • Variables:
    • duration: Time in seconds for the Codius host to run your code. Makes an Interledger payment to buy the requested amount of time. Required.

GET /pods/{MANIFEST_HASH}/logs?follow={true/false}

Retrieve the most recent data in the standard output of a running pod, as specified by MANIFEST_HASH. NOTE: Only pods whose manifests contain debug: true in their manifest objects will be compatible with this endpoint.

Return Value:
  • Type: Stream

  • Description: A stream containing the most recent data written to the standard output of a given pod.

  • Variables:

    • follow: A boolean value that, when set to true, will continue to follow the output of the specified pod's standard output in real time.

GET /peers

Returns the peers currently known to this host.

Return Value:
  • Type: Array[String]
  • Description: An array of size 10 containing peers known to the Codius Host.

POST /peers/discover

Queries other Codius hosts for the peers known to each of them.

Request Body
  • Type: Object
Field Name Type Description
peers Array[string] An array of URIs of Codius hosts to query for additional peers.
Return Value
  • Type: Object
Field Name Type Description
name string Name of the implementation of Codius that the host is running. In this case it is 'Codiusd (Javascript)'
version string The version of Codiusd that the host is running, as described in package.json.
peers Array[string] An array of peers known to the set of queried Codius hosts.

GET /version

  • Type: Object
Field Name Type Description
name string Name describing the name of the Codius implementation that the host is running. In this case it is 'Codiusd (Javascript)'
version string The version of Codiusd that the host is running, as described in package.json.
Open Issues
  • Block network traffic between pods by default
  • Add plugin decorator to Hapi.Request type
  • Figure out encoding to hash manifest
  • How to escape the variable interpolation in manifest parser
  • How to fill in the values for private sha256 variables
  • Switch hyperctl to hyper.sock http requests
  • Check whether hyper instance is still running before adding duration
  • How do pods spend money?
  • add port field
  • add private field to manifest's parent object
  • add nonce to the private field spec
  • port blocking on dangerous ports
  • change manifest hash encoding to base32
  • publish @sharafian/cog and pull from actual npm
  • proxy endpoints based on manifest hash to the contract's IP
  • persist peers between sessions
hyperd doesn't start containers on restart


The hyperd logs will have errors like:

E0605 ...   persist.go:100] Pod[...] failed to load inf info of : leveldb: not found

As a temporary workaround, offending containers can be removed from /var/lib/hyper/containers/, which will allow them to be started again fresh.